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Terror should not derail India-Pak talks

Modi’s smart initiative to visit Pakistan gave people of both countries reason for hope, until the attack early Saturday morning at the defence installation. Where do they go from here? Khaleej Times Editorial India and Pakistan should not take their eyes off peace despite the attack on the Pathankot Indian …

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Pakistan army chief’s New Year promise

Gulf News Farhan Bokhari The country’s ruling structure simply doesn’t have the stomach to go for the hard stuff The New Year’s Day promise by Pakistan’s army chief, General Raheel Sharif, carried an upside potential but also a downside risk. Speaking to prominent tribal figures from the south-western Balochistan province …

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Erdogan’s neo-Ottoman vision meets Xi’s Silk Road dream

Asia Times CHRISTINA LIN The ancient Silk Roads crossed Eurasia to link trade between China and its Greco-Roman trading partners until the Ottoman Empire cut it off in the 1400s. With the newly revived One Belt, One Road (OBOR) Initiatives under Chinese President Xi Jinping, will it meet the same …

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Afghanistan’s tough year, but optimism persists

Al Jazeera Helena Malikyar 2015 was arguably the year that showcased consequences of all erroneous policies in the country A spark of joy, a ray of hope in Afg inferno,” tweeted the renowned Afghan journalist Bilal Sarwary over the weekend, referring to last week’s spectacular triumphs by the Afghan national …

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Behind the scenes: Pakistan’s military helped revive talks with India

Asia Times MEHREEN ZAHRA-MALIK The quiet involvement of Pakistan’s powerful military in its foreign policy this year paved the way for reviving a stalled dialogue with India, officials said, a thaw leading to the first visit to Pakistan by an Indian premier in almost 12 years. Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s …

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Modi’s unexpected visit to Pakistan will make little difference

The Guardian Kapil Komireddi Tensions are smoothed by unexpected diplomacy and personal relationships between leaders are applauded but then it’s business as usual.   When Nixon went to China, it was said that only a man of his standing in America’s hawkish conservative community could have risked making that momentous journey. …

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A Fearful Congress Sits Out the War Against ISIS

New York Times Editorial The omnibus spending bill Congress passed this month includes several explicit mentions of the military campaign against the Islamic State and a $58.7 billion budget line that will allow the Pentagon to continue fighting the terrorist group in Iraq and Syria with bombs and, increasingly, troops …

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Afghanistan: Going down

Arab News GWYNNE DYER If the Taliban were not so busy fighting the rival Daesh terrorists who began operating in Afghanistan early this year, they might now be within reach of overthrowing the Afghan government that the Western powers left behind when they pulled out most of their troops last …

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Is change within Iran forthcoming?

Gulf News Shahir Shahidsaless After 20 months of arduous negotiations, Iran and the world’s six powers reached a landmark deal on Iran’s nuclear programme, ending one of the world’s most serious international crises in the post-Cold War era. The agreement was expected by many — including those in the United …

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